See that interesting little oval-framed, out-the-windshield view up there? That’s from a 1959 Renault Domaine brochure, and despite all the wonderfully over-saturated colors and those strange – are they camping trailers? – out there in that little field, and that wonderful turquoise dashboard, there’s something about this image that feels off to me. Can you spot it? It’s kind of tricky, especially in this example?
Do you see it? Here, I’ll tell you: it’s the steering wheel. Because, despite it not having any sort of logo or text on the center hub, it looks like it’s upside down. Let’s see if we can find another picture of the wheel in here:
Yep! It is! For whatever strange human reason, if a steering wheel has an off-center horizontal spoke, that spoke should be more towards the bottom of the wheel than the top in order to look right. I have no idea why this is, and yet when I saw that steering wheel in the top picture, it somehow felt wrong. It doesn’t really make rational sense, but I can’t shake that feeling. It just looks upside down. And if you’re taking a photo for a brochure like this, for whatever reason I feel like the steering wheel should be in its upright and straight orientation. Again, there’s not a coldly objective reason for that, it just feels right, and that feels wrong.
Oh, and Peter always gives me guff if I don’t show the whole car, so here you go. Look at the location of the turn indicators there! One pair of them, just behind the rear door! I wonder how visible those were from the front, really? Also, I like seeing cars doing things like this, getting a fresh haul of wicker from the wicker harbor.